Category Archives: 2017 Apr 16 Cherhill

UK Crop Circles April 2017 [HJ]

Cherhill, Wiltshire, 16 April 2017. A pictogram-style design in oilseed rape below the Cherhill white horse. The first circle of 2017 was a pleasing one. Unfortunately the farmer was less than happy and cut it out within a week of its appearance, perhaps because of the number of visitors it attracted despite his pleas to stay out of the field. To my knowledge, this is the first time ever that an oilseed rape circle has been cut out by the farmer. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Tarlton, Gloucestershire, 18 April 2017. Oilseed rape. A small circle with standing crescent and with two much smaller nearby satellite circles. These circles appeared to be much more lightly laid than Cherhill – perhaps due to the youth of the crop – and attracted a very curious UFO report – see article here. Photo by Mr Gyro.

Waden Hill, Avebury, Wiltshire, 22 April 2017. Oilseed rape. Six spinning crescents with standing cube in the centre. Diameter c.200′. The axis of the cube points directly to the centre of Avebury stone circle. Photo by Phillippe Ullens.

Oliver’s Castle, Wiltshire, 24 April 2017. A large ring with 27 much smaller rings superimposed. Oilseed rape. Photo by Hugh Newman.

Madron Holy Well and Chapel, Cornwall, 28 April 2017. Grass. Unfortunately these two photographs are all I have seen of this circle. It would seem to have been entirely neglected. Perhaps if it were in Wiltshire, or in oilseed rape, it would have received more attention.


Cherhill Circle Cut

The 16 April Cherhill circle has been cut by the farmer. This is the first example we can think of in crop circle history of an oilseed rape circle being cut out. Why has he farmer done this? Likely because he asked for people to stay out of the field and despite this the circle had many visitors. Please, people, try to respect farmers’ wishes. Enjoy the circle from afar (fine views of the Cherhill circle in particular could be had from the nearby hill) but stay out unless the farmer has given permission.

Photo by Hans Fryestam